The Rotary Club of New York




January 25, 2003





Fellow Rotarians,


Our Group Study Exchange Project is going well. We are getting increasing interest from prospective Team Members. It is a great package that we offer with a five-week trip to four enchanting countries in District 9250. These are South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland. Rotarians in District 9250 told me that the team will also be taken on two safaris. A trip like this would cost $10,000 per person, but it is free through Rotaryís Group Study Exchange Program. Such is the Rotary commitment to international understanding that we send teams of young professionals between ages 25 and 40 to different parts of the world for free. Bill Moyers from the PBS TV once told me that a Rotary Scholarship got him started on his journalist career. This Group Study Exchange Project (GSE) could get somebody else started on a great career. You can find out more about our Group Study Exchange Project on the Internet at


Our Past District Governor 1996-1998 Charles Katze is a retired professor, but we donít call him Professor Katze. We just call him Chuck. He has managed something so unusual as being District Governor during two terms. You can always ask Chuck how he managed to do so. Above all, Chuck is a distinguished member of our Group Study Exchange Committee (GSE). He will travel to District 9250 on January 30th on behalf of our GSE Committee until February 12th. In preparation for Chuckís trip, I have added leading Rotarians from District 9250 to our mailing list. To them I would like to say that Chuck is a charming, funny and friendly New Yorker. The District 9250 Rotarians will have a great time with him. Just ask Past District Governor Mark Doyle, who met Chuck in New York last December during one of our GSE Committee meetings.



Chuck is having a good time

at the Rotary Club of New York


Chuck also represents our District Friendly School Project in cooperation with District 9250. Chuckís other Rotary responsibilities are Chairman of the District 7230 United Nations Committee, Chairman of the District 7230 World Community Service and District 7230 Representative to the Zone Directory Nominations Committee. Our district could not manage without him.


The speaker at the next New York Rotary meeting on January 28th is Sarah Stranahan from the Needmor Fund, who supports people who work together to change the social, economic or political conditions which bar their access to participation in a democratic society. You can read more about Sarah Stranahan in the latest Weekly Bulletin on our website at (click on the link to download it from our website).


Larry Parks deserves a lot of credit for finding such great speakers for our legendary club. Larry does not leave anything to luck. Before he books the speakers to our club, he listens to them while they speak at other venues.


Bill Hall has written the latest Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin. It is a very informative account about our last meeting. Bill is a Past Trustee and he has been a member since 1981. Hs classification is Architecture Professional and he is a senior partner in The Hall Partnership, Architects, LLP.


You can read in the Bulletin about our two new members Takasaki Yashiro and Giovanni Ciuffo. Welcome to our club! It has a great international mix of members, which is typical for New York.


Our International Service Division has its next meeting on Wednesday, February 19 at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations, at the top floor restaurant on First Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), from 08:30 to 09:45 AM. This month's topic will be "The New Liquid Gold-Water." The guest speaker is Gourishankar Ghosh, Executive Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, which is the international advocacy organization for "Wash-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all. You can read more about the meeting on our website at


The Bulletin has a news flash update from the Rotary District 7230 NYC/WTC Disaster relief fund, Inc. You can find out more about this fund on the Internet at


A couple of days ago, I read on the Internet that there was a major earthquake near Mexico City. I immediately sent an e-mail to Rotary International Past President Frank Devlyn in Mexico City, asking him if he and his family were safe. I received the following message in return:


Thank you very much, we are fine... the most damaged place was in the State of Colima, but the situation in Mexico City is normal, thank you so much for asking.


With an abrazo,


Frank J. Devlyn


Thank you Frank, we are all glad that you and your family are safe.


Donít forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can do so via e-mail to our office at, or call Andreas or Ana at 212-633-1311. You can also fax in the RSVP form, which you can download at Our fax number is 212-633-1954. Princeton Clubís culinary staff will serve us Veal.


I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at You can also see a list of future speakers on our website at



Experience the worldwide

fellowship of Rotary.



Matts Ingemanson

Internet Communication Officer

The Rotary Club of New York


District 7230 Chairman

Group Study Exchange Committee


Vice Chairman

Rotaryís Global History




This newsletter has also been posted on our website at


I want to thank our Executive Director Andreas Runggatscher and his Executive Assistant Ana Rivas for working so hard every week creating and mailing the Weekly Bulletin. In addition to mailing it out to our members, they also send me the electronic Bulletin so I can upload it on our website. They are also working very hard with the administration of the World Trade Center - Disaster Relief Fund.


In order to read the PDF file of the Bulletin-on-the-Web, you need the latest version of the Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0). If you don't have Acrobat Reader 5.0, you can download it for free from the web at:



You can find the following interesting websites at:


1.      New York Rotary Club at

2.      Rotaryís Global History at

3.      District 7230 Group Study Exchange Project at

4.      Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at

5.      Rotary Radio every Tuesday 5-6 PM EST or 2-3 PM PST at


6.      Matts Ingemanson, Helen Reisler and Jim Thompson from the New York Rotary Club were interviewed on Rotary Radio Tuesday July 9, 2002.


You need Windows Media Player to listen to Rotary Radio. Windows Media Player is included with Windows Millennium and Windows XP. If you use Windows 95 or Windows 98, you can download Windows Media Player for free from Microsoft.


Click here to download Windows Media Player